5 Apps to use when you might be too drunk to drive

Consuming alcohol reduces our deductive reasoning skills. Studies have shown that this can contribute to a lapse in judgment when we're trying to determine whether or not to get on the road.

If you aren't sure if you're too drunk to drive, here are five smartphone applications that may help.

R U Buzzed

This handy tool can help you estimate your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level. Because the amount of alcohol in your blood can have a stronger or lesser influence on you depending on a number of factors, this can be very useful. Factors the app will consider include your:

  • Gender, weight and height
  • The amount you've drank
  • The types of alcohol you've drank
  • The amount of time you've been drinking

The app was created by the Colorado Department of Transportation but is used across the country. Remember, the legal limit is a BAC of 0.08 percent, but it can be dangerous to drive with any amount in your system.

Educ'alcool

Educ'alcool asks similar questions to the R U Buzzed app to determine a rough estimate of the user's BAC. However, this app can be more favorable if you're snacking between bars. Questions include what you've eaten, when you've eaten it and about how much you are eating while you drink.

Last Call

The Last Call app is another BAC tracking program that you can use to compare with the others. Last Call keeps a "Drink History" tab that keeps track of what types and amounts of cocktails you've consumed throughout the night. It can also connect you to a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft if it seems like you might need it.

Drink Water

This application helps you understand the amount of water that you should be drinking depending on the number of drinks you consume. This will help keep you from getting too intoxicated and dehydrated.

SaferRide

Smartphone applications and even handheld breathalyzers can only offer rough estimates of your BAC level. If you're still not quite sure that you're okay to drive, SaferRide is your best bet. This app is nice and simple for those who may be squinting to read their phones.

SaferRide allows users a "Get Taxi" button or a "Call Friend" option to get a ride home. If you're in an unfamiliar location, the third and final "Where Am I" button can use GPS to reveal your exact pick-up location.

The risk of a DUI

Risking a DUI can mean up to a year's license suspension, fines up to $1,000, up to a year of jail time, mandatory community service, a DUI risk reduction program and other penalties.

If you are facing DUI charges, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to begin working on a strategy. Palmore Boenig & Associates have provided excellent services and strategies to clients for years.

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